Tips on Roofing in Broward County, FL
What type of roofing material should I use for my new roof?
It depends on your existing structure, climate, budget, and aesthetic needs. If you aren't sure what type of roofing material you want installed, learn more about the relative advantages and disadvantages of the different roofing materials available. Then call a Broward County roofer to inspect your home and help you determine the best materials and methods for your particular circumstances. If you're planning a shingle roof, there are two basic styles:
- 3-Tab Shingles – These shingles are the least expensive. 3-tab is a good choice for Broward County homeowners primarily concerned with the cost of the new roof. 3-tab shingles offer a single layer of protection for your home and have shorter warranties.
- Architectural Shingles - These higher quality shingles are composed of two layers of material per shingle, so they offer a double layer of coverage. Architectural shingles usually have a longer duration on the warranty (i.e. 30 years). Architectural shingles withstand wind and harsh weather conditions better than 3-tab shingles.
Am I able to get roofing estimates without obligation or cost?
Nearly all roofing companies will provide a free written estimate on the cost to repair or replace your roof.
How much does roof replacement cost?
It's difficult to predict how much it will cost to replace any individual roof without actually seeing and measuring the roof first, because so many factors can impact roof replacement prices. The broad range of roofing prices is typically between $250 per square all the way up to $1200 per square. A "square" in roofing means 100 square feet of roof... and that is typically the way roofing prices are calculated and quoted... "per square."
Here's a more detailed discussion of the factors impacting re-roofing prices:
- Roof size, slope, and complexity - Roof size is often quoted by Broward County roofing contractors in "squares" (100 square feet = 1 square). Size of the roof determines the amount of roofing material needed. Slope of the roof impacts the ease of working on the roof and the amount of labor required for the project. Steeper sloped roofs are more challenging to work on and may require higher labor costs.
- Roof tear off and removal costs - Tear off and proper disposal of existing roof layers is a significant part of the cost of a re-roofing project. More layers cost more to remove and more to dispose of. Disposal costs vary widely by location and whether there is a shingle recycler available locally. If shingles need to be disposed of at a landfill rather than shingle recycling center, that increases shingle disposal costs significantly.
- Roof material type and grade - Higher grade materials cost more. Interested in metal roofing? Metal roofing contractors can provide you a beautiful, durable roof, but metal roofs cost more initially. The same goes for higher quality, architectural shingles, which cost more than 3-tab shingles. Specialty roofing materials like slate roofing or shake roofing, cost more for the material and the installation than a basic shingle roof installation.
- Location of the roof - Labor costs for roofing contractors and material disposal costs have a major impact on the cost to replace a roof. These costs can fluctuate significantly by state and local city.
When comparing estimates from two Broward County roofing contractors, be sure to compare apples to apples
Re-roofing estimates are usually competitive, but can vary significantly based on the contractor. When comparing two roof estimates, it's important to consider the type and grade of material being quoted in each estimate. Also, it can be a mistake to select a contractor based on price alone, because roofers may vary significantly in their level of professionalism. Select the roofing company that offers the best overall value. Licensed, insured, and professional roofing service at a fair price will almost always end up a better deal than an unprofessional roofer offering a cut-rate quote.